The West Virginia Public Service Commission on Nov. 25 ordered Tri-State Solar/Wind Energy LLC to file a complete application for a siting certificate or request a waiver of information required in the application process that is not being filed.
On Sept. 22, Tri-State filed an application for a siting certificate for a 5.3-MW solar conversion generating facility located in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. On Oct. 20, commission staff said that Tri-State failed to provide in its application several items required by the siting rules. Staff identified various areas in which the application was deficient, including but not limited to required government permits, interconnection studies, maps and site information, environmental data, and cultural impact.
Said the Nov. 25 commission order: “Two months after it filed its initial Application, Tri-State still has not filed a complete application or requested a waiver of any information that it believes is not pertinent to the application. Tri-State must file a complete application, including all information required by [commission rules] or file a request for waiver of such information within thirty days of the date of this Order. If Tri-State cannot file the required information or seek a waiver within thirty days, it should request a tolling of this case until it can complete its Application. If the Commission does not receive a complete application, request for waiver, or request for tolling within thirty days, it may dismiss this case.”
Tri-State said in the Sept. 22 application that it is owned by Carl N. Graybeal and James Solano. The company proposes to construct a 5.2 MW to 5.5 MW (dc) solar photovoltaic facility on Sam Black Church Road at Crawley, W.Va. The facility will be constructed by STF Group Inc. and operated by Tri-State as an exempt wholesale generator. It would be interconnected with the Appalachian Power distribution infrastructure, which is part of the PJM Interconnection regional transmission marketplace.
The project location was selected due to it’s proximity to a 34.5 kV distribution line, the application noted. The adjacent distribution infrastructure is capable of accepting the plant’s output with minimal modifications and avoids siting new transmission or distribution lines. Additional selection criteria include existing level grading with minimal clearing required and site access opportunities from both Sam Black Church Road and Grey Gables Road.